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Entries from December 2005


December 31st, 2005 · 1 Comment

My induction to boardgaming began early in 2004, when I started playing The Settlers of Catan. I’d played plenty of other traditional ‘boardgames’ before that point, such as Monopoly or Risk or the Game of Life, but after Settlers, I quickly realised that these weren’t real boardgames – they were ‘boardgames lite’. They were ‘roll [...]

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December 30th, 2005 · 5 Comments

Like pirates, zombies are reaching the peak of their popularity. They’re cool. They’re in movies, books, videogames, boardgames and MMOGs. I’ve only played two MMOGs seriously; the first was about seven years ago, when I beta-tested Ultima Online (yeah, I’m that cool). The second is Urban Dead, a browser-based text MMOG that sees zombies and [...]

Tags: games

Holiday bumper issue!

December 29th, 2005 · No Comments

Prepare for a special holiday bumper set of posts in the next few days! I’ve spent the last week or so getting up late, reading books and watching a lot of TV, which surprisingly has given me the time to think about a lot of interesting things, such as Sky Movies, zombie language, boardgames, the [...]

Tags: film · tv

The cause of Type 2 diabetes

December 29th, 2005 · No Comments

Why a fatty diet leads to diabetes – type 2 diabetes, specifically. This article at the Times is a surprisingly detailed report of how researchers at UCSD determined that hyperglycaemia suppresses the GnT-4a enzyme, which is basically a blood glucose sensor for the cells that produce insulin. Too much suppression results in pancreatic [...]

Tags: bio · science

Season 2 Doctor Who Theme

December 29th, 2005 · 4 Comments

Doctor Who Season 2 End Theme (mp3) – impressed by the new orchestral end theme of Doctor Who? Annoyed by the stupid BBC voiceover getting in the way? Your worries are over…

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2 player games

December 24th, 2005 · No Comments

Games for couples (other than the obvious) – another Ask Metafilter classic about good, non-confrontational two-player boardgames and card games. Most modern boardgames are for about four players…

Tags: boardgame · games

Train Your Brain DS

December 12th, 2005 · 1 Comment

After hearing so much about Train Your Brain, the Nintendo DS game that’s been developed to boost your IQ, I was pretty excited on obtaining a copy. The game has probably sold more than a million copies now, and that’s mostly to non-gamers, so it’s certainly an unusual hit ‘game’. Players are supposed to play [...]

Tags: games · review


December 11th, 2005 · No Comments

All hail the Alternate Reality Games (ARG) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Independent Game Developers Association (IGDA)! Yes, that’s the ARG SIG of IGDA. I’m happy to be a founding member, and I’m even happier to not be involved in the running of the SIG, given my vanishingly small amounts of free time. However, [...]

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A Christmas Carol

December 10th, 2005 · No Comments

The idea of Patrick Stewart doing a one-man production of A Christmas Carol was a surprising one, but also one that I felt knew what was going to happen. I presumed that he’d read the book out on his own, using his unmistakable voice to enliven proceedings; nothing terribly difficult, and not terribly interesting, apart [...]

Tags: review · theatre

2005 In Review

December 2nd, 2005 · 1 Comment

A few weeks ago, Stuart from feeling listless emailed to ask if I’d like to contribute to a ‘2005 in Review’ thing he was doing at his blog. The idea was that contributors would write about:
“…something they’ve always wanted to do this year. It could be as simple as being able to see a film, [...]

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